66: ZOMBIE WALK

 

T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas return (from the dead!) after a grueling October season with What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show, Episode 66: Zombie Walk! They’re zombies! We’re dressed like zombies to participate in the Lansdale Zombie Walk. Early in the evening, they dressed up in gore and death then shambled up and down Main Street in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, enjoying the cool night air looking for fresh brains. After the walk, the horror authors gather at Comic Zen to record. Yes, those are fox ears T. Fox Dunham is wearing. He goes zombie in style!

 

Recorded on location at Comic Zen in Lansdale PA!

 

A quick note from owner Tim Hershey on what Comic Zen is all about. Comic books are meant to be an escape. They always have been, to me. Tim Hershey’s goal is to give you a place where you can come, find your next favorite comic or graphic novel (or toy or statue or collectible, etc.), and not feel left out of that escape from reality. There is only one condition to be included in this escape: Respect. He don’t care who you are, where you come from, how you earn money, what kind of car you drive, who your parents were, how you dress, or if you like my ’80s rock music. He will treat you with respect. And, he expects the same in return. But, it’s not just about him. You need to be willing to respect my other guests, who may be different than you. He enjoys diversity of all kinds in his store, and Tim will do everything he can to continue to foster, and protect, that diversity.

On this show, horror authors T. Fox Dunham & Phil Thomas talk about being zombies, recording during October, hang out with civil war ghost hunter, Tom Capper who presents some EVPs from their trip to Gettysburg and visit with other zombies who did the walk.

 

Fox interviews Max Booth III, author and proprietor of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, talking about the modern horror industry, his new podcasts and the cool new books coming out from PMMP. Max Booth III is the author of four novels. His mom has read at least one of them. He’s the Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and an ongoing columnist at Litreactor.com. He works as a hotel night auditor in a small town outside San Antonio, TX. Follow him on Twitter @GiveMeYourTeeth and visit him at www.talesfromthebooth.com.

 

And they play the final installment of Daniel Braum’s chilling story A Man’s Guide to Costumes and the most Common ways to get Arrested from his collection, The Wish Mechanics.

The show features a song from Peter Aldrich, Jon Harman and David Williams, Dawn of the Dead! And a new true ghost experience from listener Bill Goff about a mistaken clerk at a store in Gettysburg recorded by British folksinger, David Walton. We have some great stuff coming in November & December!

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MERCY

(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

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 Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon


Music Rights

“The Chamber” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Lamentation” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Ghost Story” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Dawn of the Dead” – Peter Aldrich, Jon Harman, David Williams – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

 

DISCLAIMER:

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio. No profit is made by selling the show in any form. The show is used for promotion of the author’s works. This show is for entertainment purposes. The views of the show do not reflect PARA-X Radio, EMC Podcast network or any of their affiliates or sponsors. All rights of work are retained by the authors. All arrangements made with guests and audience members are not the responsibility of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas, PARA-X Radio or EMC Podcast Network or all sponsor and affiliates. 

65: TRICK OR TREAT

EPISODE 65: TRICK OR TREAT

(HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2017)

We’re celebrating our amazing month of counting down to Halloween with a fun Halloween special, Trick of Treat, recorded live at Uncanny! Comic store in King of Prussia Mall.

 

 

After giving out candy and ghost stories during Malloween to the kids, horror author T. Fox Dunham and Bram Stoker award-winning author, PD Cacek hang out, talking about Halloween, ghost hunting and horror writing.

 

 

Patricia Diana Joy Anne Cacek (December 22, 1951, Hollywood, California) is an American author, mostly of horror novels. She graduated with a B.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach in 1975.

 

 

 

 

We play a story from clown author, J. Lee Dodson written especially for the show. A classic story of evil in a New England woods. Who is Jenny Greenteeth and what powers does she offer to those who will be corrupted?

Dad opened the door and waved us in. The rain poured from our soaked clothing. “What happened, Toby?” my father asked again with his hand on my shoulder. I told him my friends wanted to see where Parker buy had died and to prove there was no witch. But there is a witch. And it got Devin. Dad just looks at the three of us and walks away. “You are saying the witch only got one of you?” my father asked with a weird tone in his voice.

–Jenny Greenteeth by J. Lee Dodson

J Lee Dodson

EVIL KLOWN SURVIVAL GUIDE

The Evil Klown Survival Guide will not only teach you about the history, knowledge and classifications regarding this new breed of carnivorous creature, it will also prepare you for the unimaginable – a world where TERRORKLOWNS become the dominant species.

Utilizing techniques such as: ghosting, staging safe-zones, choosing the correct weapons for battle and many more, will help in your daily task to survive.

 

This guide will help keep you and your loved ones safe … when humanity falls.

TOP TEN RULES OF SURVIVING A KLOWNED-OUT WORLD
1. ALWAYS keep your blades sharp to cut a klown down the middle like butter.
2. DO NOT decide to get up close and personal with your kill. It may be faking.
3. NEVER touch decaying klowns. The Klowning virus may still be present.
4. DO NOT use firearms against Alpha-Klowns. It only slows them down, it doesn’t kill them.
5. NEVER eat diseased klowns. The Klowning effect still remains in the corpses.
6. ZOMBIE-KLOWNS are not Hollywood fantasy, shoot them in the chest – not the head.
7. NEVER take The Quieting as a sign that the chaos is over. Stay hidden.
8. DO NOT eat popcorn from TERRORKLOWNS. It’s not food, it will kill you.
9. DO NOT run through hanging streamers, they’ll string you up for roamers to devour you.
10. DO NOT engage in battle with their leader – LAUGHING DARK. You will not win.

They play some great Halloween music, two short stories from authors J. Lee Dodson and Phil Thomas and even end the show with a cute movie discussion from Tim McLean and his son Jack. It’s been quite a month! Enjoy your Halloween and get your spooky on.

Watch the entire video on YouTube, recorded at Uncanny Comics in King of Prussia Mall!

 

Horror Author Daniel Braum – PART 4 of his Short Story

Daniel Braum returns with part of his Halloween horror story, A MAN’S GUIDE TO COSTUMES AND THE MOST COMMON WAYS TO GET ARRESTED. It’s from his collection of short stories, HE WISH MECHANICS: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic. Get it on AMAZON!

Take a walk on the wild side, through the twilight zone of dark and dangerous and dangerously personal terrain of Daniel Braum’s short stories. Navigate impossible worlds and hidden corners of our own with damaged men and women seeking love and transcendence. There is heartache, loss, and stark poignant truths in the dark places these stories fearlessly venture, but also magic, mystery, beauty and wonder. Do you dare to dream? Do you dare to make a wish? Find out just who are the Wish Mechanics before answering. Braum effortlessly blends horror, science-fiction, and fantasy in his unique style and vision that transcends genre.

Dark, literary, weird-fiction stories such as How To Make Love and Not Turn to Stone operate with the Night Time Logic of Robert Aickman. The vivid, exotic settings evoke the majestic prose of Braum’s literary hero Lucius Shepard. The genre blending fantasy and science fiction of The Canopy Crawlers and Tea in the Sahara channel “the anything can happen spirit of the late, great grandmaster Tanith Lee. Cover Art by George Cotronis

We’re a great fan of Daniel’s work, and we’re really excited to have his episodic reading of the story from the Wish Mechanics! Buy it at AMAZON!

 

 

 

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MERCY

(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

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Author Tim Waggoner

Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon


Music Rights:

“The Chamber” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Lamentation” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Ghost Story” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Halloween Night” By Monk Turner – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio.

 

64: LLOYD KAUFMAN – ORIGINAL TOXIC AVENGER

 

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On this special and political episode of What Are You Afraid Of? Horror & Paranormal Show, we interview the legend of indie horror film for the last 44 years, Lloyd Kaufman, creator of the Toxic Avenger. Many of us remember watching the Toxic Avenger, dear old Citizen Toxie, on late night movies like a guilty secret. Lloyd has been fighting mainstream film and corporate America his entire career, and he is angry. He’s witnessing the death of freedom of speech in America, and he’s urging us to fight with him. Horror authors T. Fox Dunham and Phil Thomas sit down with Lloyd and listen to him talk about his history in film making, his association with great directors and how he’s influenced such films at Guardians of The Galaxy and Deadpool. He’s mayor of the little people of Tromaville. He founded Troma Entertainment and continues to fight for the funding to make his movies with his vision–his way and on his terms.

 

LLOYD KAUFMAN – MAYOR OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE OF TROMAVILLE

“Lloyd’s body of work has now proven to be a seminal influence on film today. Just look at any film created by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike, Peter Jackson, Eli Roth, Gasper Moe and James Gunn, to name a few, and you are likely watching a film influenced Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Tromeo & Juliet, or Citizen Toxie.”

– Stan Lee – creator of Spider-Man
From his website:

In the late 1960’s, Kaufman was enrolled at Yale University (where he would later present his Make Your Own Damn Movie Master Classes), diligently working on a respectable degree in Chinese Studies. However, Kaufman was destined for other things. As he explains in his hit book “All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger” (published by Penguin Putnam, and first of his seven books), “At Yale I was placed in a dormitory room with two film fanatics, and I knew everything had irrevocably changed.” In fact, Kaufman was infected with a love of movies from which he never recovered.

In 1971, Kaufman met his future partner Michael Herz at Yale. The Troma Universe was born in 1974 with a series of highly original, raunchy comedies such as “Squeeze Play!,” “Stuck On You!,” “Waitress!,” and other titles ending with an exclamation point. These movies, independent precursors to such later smash hits as National Lampoon’s “Animal House” and “Porky’s,” did well financially, although Kaufman continued to work on such outside productions as “Rocky” and “Saturday Night Fever.” Kaufman’s relationship with mainstream Hollywood would not last long. “There were problems,” Kaufman said, “as I always wanted to do things my own way and my employers insisted I do things the correct way.” He continued to build up a list of impressive credits as well as some overpowering debts.

Kaufman proved his former employers wrong with his 1984 breakthrough movie, “The Toxic Avenger.” This tale of a health club mop boy named Melvin who is transformed into a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength struck a chord with audiences and critics alike, demonstrating that there were a large number of people who were interested in seeing things done Kaufman’s way. “The Toxic Avenger” led to an animated television series, “Toxic Crusaders,” action figures, different Marvel comic book titles,hot sauce, etc.There were three sequels. The most recent film in the series is “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV.” Currently, “The Toxic Avenger” is being developed by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman and team as a big budget Hollywood remake. “Toxic Avenger The Musical” is playing in London’s West End, with music by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan.

The success of The Toxic Avenger was followed by a string of commercial and artistic triumphs in a similar vein, blending fantasy, heavy action, comedy, and eroticism in a style that can only be described as “Tromatic”. These films, including the “Class of Nuke ‘Em High” trilogy, “Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD,” and “Troma’s War,” were often ignored or scorned by the intelligentsia of the time but spoke to an entire generation of young people who rejected the pandering, commercial films of the mid-to-late 80’s. Some of these Troma fans went on to become filmmakers themselves, including Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Mike Judge, Peter Jackson, and Trey Parker. Thanks to these admirers, Kaufman has been asked to make cameo appearances in films like James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Sharknado 4,” Trey Parker’s “Orgazmo,” Eli Roth’s “Cabin Fever,” and about 200 other indie movies. His “Return to Nuke’em High Vol 1“and “Tromeo and Juliet” were showcased by The Museum of Modern Art in New York last year.

 

POULTRYGEIST! TROMA MUSIC

On this episode, we play a couple of the unique songs his movies are known for including two songs from his musical, Poultrygeist and the theme song from the Toxic Avenger.

READINGS:

We also play another part to Daniel Braum’s story, A MAN’S GUIDE TO COSTUMES AND THE MOST COMMON WAYS TO GET ARRESTED from his short story collection, The Wish Mechanics. And Phil Thomas reads from his upcoming novel through Caliburn Press, The Poe Predicament.

 

MERCY

(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

fangoria

 Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon


Music Rights

“The Chamber” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Lamentation” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Ghost Story” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensed

DISCLAIMER:

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio. No profit is made by selling the show in any form. The show is used for promotion of the author’s works. This show is for entertainment purposes. The views of the show do not reflect PARA-X Radio, EMC Podcast network or any of their affiliates or sponsors. All rights of work are retained by the authors. All arrangements made with guests and audience members are not the responsibility of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas, PARA-X Radio or EMC Podcast Network or all sponsor and affiliates. 

63: THE HAUNTING OF KATRINA WEIDMAN

 

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THE HAUNTING OF KATRINA WEIDMAN

 

Horror authors T. Fox Dunham (Horror Writers Association) & Phil Thomas have an extraordinary guest on episode 64, part of their countdown to Halloween 2017. Katrina Weidman joins them for a long interview during the show to talk about her lifelong pursuit of the paranormal. Katrina was part of Paranormal State on A&E and is now co-host of the television show, Paranormal Lockdown which is going into its third season on Destination America.

From her WEBSITE:

“I’ve always had a passion for the supernatural and a desire to seek out the unknown! Growing up in haunted houses will kind of do that to you. As a child, I poured over any information I could find on the paranormal. I was fascinated that there were other houses like mine and wanted to know as much as I could. Ghosts, UFOs, cryptos, you name it, I was fascinated! I’m often asked, “How in the world did you become a paranormal investigator?” Honestly, I feel like it chose me.”

“Fast forward a few years to a trip to The Pennsylvania State University that changed everything! I dropped a friend off at the main campus one summer weekend, and the minute my feet hit the pavement, I had an overwhelming feeling that I needed to be there. Not being the academic type, I decided I had better pay attention to this feeling. The day I got back to my hometown, I signed up for classes at the local community college. It was there that I overcame the harsh words from that teacher long ago. I transferred to Penn State, and during my studies, my passion for the paranormal grew even more. As luck would have it, there was a paranormal club on campus, the world-renown Paranormal Research Society (PRS). I trained with them and later worked as their case manager, interviewing thousands of eyewitnesses to the unknown. This led to the opportunity to co-host A&E’s hit docu-drama “Paranormal State” (2007-2011), which chronicled the work of PRS. I then became the host for Chiller’s “Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies,” which explores the real life terror behind some of the world’s most iconic horror films. I also hosted the follow-up special, “Real Fear: The Truth Behind More Movies,” in 2013. I graduated from Penn State with degrees in Integrative Arts and Theatre with a minor in Music Technology. Take that, third grade teacher! Throughout the year, I lecture at paranormal conferences and events where I discuss my experiences in the field. I’m also the co-founder of Atherton Paranormal, a group aimed at furthering the paranormal field and helping those affected by it. In addition to my work in the paranormal, I’m a performer, a producer, and the lead singer of the band AwayFrom30.”

Katrina joins us to talk about her history in the paranormal, her unique experiences growing up as a haunted child, her work on Paranormal State and what it’s like to be on Paranormal Lockdown. She also shares several frightening ghost stories including the tale of being trapped in the Coal Hole in a haunted site in the UK. It is a scary tale.

Paranormal Lockdown will be going into its third season on Destination America. Paranormal Lockdown is a paranormal reality television series. It is executive produced by Nick Groff of Ghost Adventures fame. The series follows Groff and fellow paranormal researcher Katrina Weidman (formerly of Paranormal State) as they confine themselves for 72 straight hours in some of the most haunted locations.

And Fox would love to come cook for them when they’re sequestered to these haunted sites. He was cooking his magic meatloaf while they interviewed. Just ask Phil… amazing stuff.

 

MERCY BY T. FOX DUNHAM

Fox reads a scene from his horror novel from Blood Bound Books, MERCY. When Fox was 17, he suffered from a rare form of blood cancer, a cell type that had never been treated successfully before. Fox suffered intense chemo therapy and radiation until finally at the dawn of Samhain that year, he survived death and recovered.

T. Fox Dunham has often penned stories about his battle with cancer, a battle that hasn’t stopped throughout his life as its returned, and he wrote MERCY as a metaphor for his horrific violation at the hands of doctors. Mercy is a book about William Saint, a man dying of cancer but even more so dying of regret. He returns to Mercy hospital to discover its been possessed by something evil, a dark force hungry for souls, and he is processed to become edible to the great dark mouth that feeds the great dark heart. Fox reads from a selection of his book.

MERCY LARGE

“Fine! I will look and give you my eyes. Why do I need them anyway? All I see is suffering, mostly my own.”

“You will do this of your own free will? Less damaged?”

He nodded at the Good Doctor. “But I have to do it. I will cut into my own face.” The Good Doctor Sullivan giggled at the idea, delighted by the suggestion. He held the base of his goggles, and he lifted them from his cheeks, revealing the orifices in his skull. At first, the beast man could not look upon his true face, and he turned away.

“See me. You have always known me.”

–From MERCY by T. Fox Dunham

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

fangoria

Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

 

THE ZOMBIE DANDIES

We play another great punk Halloween song from the French band, The Zombie Dandies. The Friendly Monster Shop is a great song for the spooky season. We love these guys!

 

The Zombie Dandies are a musical project from Normandy, France. The story of the group started in 2011, when two bored ghouls, Marty Dandy (Drums, Bass, Guitar & Vocals ) and K1000 Zombie (Guitar & Vocals), woke up from their graves with the unlikely idea of creating a glam-metal-meets-garage-rock musical project.

 

THE WISH MECHANICS

Part 4 of a great Halloween Day of the Dead story from horror author Daniel Braum. Daniel Braum returns with part of his Halloween horror story, A MAN’S GUIDE TO COSTUMES AND THE MOST COMMON WAYS TO GET ARRESTED. It’s from his collection of short stories, HE WISH MECHANICS: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic. Get it on AMAZON!

Take a walk on the wild side, through the twilight zone of dark and dangerous and dangerously personal terrain of Daniel Braum’s short stories. Navigate impossible worlds and hidden corners of our own with damaged men and women seeking love and transcendence. There is heartache, loss, and stark poignant truths in the dark places these stories fearlessly venture, but also magic, mystery, beauty and wonder. Do you dare to dream? Do you dare to make a wish? Find out just who are the Wish Mechanics before answering. Braum effortlessly blends horror, science-fiction, and fantasy in his unique style and vision that transcends genre.

Dark, literary, weird-fiction stories such as How To Make Love and Not Turn to Stone operate with the Night Time Logic of Robert Aickman. The vivid, exotic settings evoke the majestic prose of Braum’s literary hero Lucius Shepard. The genre blending fantasy and science fiction of The Canopy Crawlers and Tea in the Sahara channel “the anything can happen spirit of the late, great grandmaster Tanith Lee. Cover Art by George Cotronis

We’re a great fan of Daniel’s work, and we’re really excited to have his episodic reading of the story from the Wish Mechanics! Buy it at AMAZON!

RAIN ON MY FOOTSTEPS – WILY BO WALKER

We can’t have a Halloween show without the gritty and burlesque sounds of Wily Bo Walker and the Rattlin’ Bone Theater Show. Wily Bo contributes his mournful dirge, Rain on my Footsteps.

Wily Bo Walker, recently Inducted in to the US Blues Hall of Fame, is a solo artist, songwriter, composer and performer noted for his characterful vocals and swaggering ‘live’ performances

Renowned as being a diverse and prolific artist and hailing originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Wily Bo works across many styles and genres; Blues, Gospel, Soul, Classic R&B, Jazz, Rock and Americana.

Download more of Wily Bo’s incredible music at his Band Camp Site.

We hope to see you at King of Prussia Mall on October 28th at Uncanny Comics when we hand out candy and ghost stories to the kids for Malloween then record our Halloween Special! Click here for more information. J. Lee Dodson, author of the Evil Clown Survival Guide is joining us.

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Music Rights:

“The Garden” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“The Chamber” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Classic Horror III” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Lamentation” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

The Friendly Monster Shop by The Zombie Dandies is licensed under a Attribution License.

“Rain on my Footsteps” by Wily Bo Walker and the Rattlin’ Bone Theater Show. Used with permission by the owner. All rights reserved.

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio.

 

62: DOCTOR FEAR AT PENNHURST ASYLUM

 

 

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DOCTOR FEAR AT PENNHURST ASYLUM

Horror authors T. Fox Dunham (HWA) & Phil Thomas return for their second Friday and haunted Pennhurst Asylum! During the Halloween season, this derelict campus–once a notorious colony for the mentally ill and abandoned–comes alive (or undead) as one of best haunted attractions in the north east of the United States.

Phil and Fox were treated as special guests, recording two episodes from the courtyard. They were treated to free VIP passes on both nights to enjoy the great special effects and fear techniques employed by the talented cast of actors and storytellers at Pennhurst Asylum.

 

 (From WIki) – Pennhurst State School and Hospital, originally known as the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic was an institution for mentally and physically disabled individuals of Southeastern Pennsylvania located in Spring City.[4] After a century of controversy, it closed on December 9, 1987.[5]

DOCTOR FEAR & THE GHOSTS OF PENNHURST

The reported ghost that most intrigued us was the spirit of Doctor Fear (Jesse Fear) a resident doctor at Pennhurst in the late 20th century. Doctor Fear had admitted under inquiry to severe patient abuses including injecting  a patient with a chemical to induce severe pain in order to punish the patient. We have heard several reports from visitors and paranormal investigators that the ghost of the sadistic doctor returned to the campus after his death to haunt the derelict Mayflower Building. Many investigators have encountered this demonic doctor, and in one poignant case, a ghost investigator gathered a strange EVP. The bodies of many patients were never accounted for on the site and authorities assumed that the corpses had been buried on the extensive property. When the ghost of Doctor Fear was asked what he did with the bodies, a frightening voice responded, “I burned them.”

 

GHOST HUNTS USA

Photo taken by Vicki DiManno at Pennhurst

On Episode 62, we interview the resident paranormal investigation group who also gives nocturnal tours at Pennhurst: GHOST HUNTS USA. Here is a link to their Pennhurst page, detailing many of the paranormal experiences there. We spoke to Vicki Demanno, one of the tour guides at Pennhurst. She and her fiancée, Ryan Wirth, met at Pennhurst 4 years ago on their first date. She tells us some dark stories on the show: of evil spirits in the basement, lost patients in the wards, and a jackal-like creature that roams the grounds before dawn, a jackal depicted in the wall scrawling of former patients. It’s an amazing interview about the ghosts of Pennhurst Asylum, and they give great tours there. Check out the website for more information.

Ghost hunts with Ghost Hunts USA are structured ghost hunting events in the most haunted locations across America. Most of our events have psychic mediums in attendance and we have fully trained staff to ensure you get to explore in the most active areas of each location. Your time spent is structured, from participating in Psychic Medium led séances, lone vigils, wait and watch experiments and trigger object experiments. You also have free time to roam freely in your chosen location to undertake your own private lone vigils.
For more information about touring with GHOST HUNTS USA, check out their website.

 

THE PREACHER WHO NOW BELIEVES

On our second night there, we were first approached by a gentleman in his wife who were visiting Pennhurst Asylum. He was a kind man, and we spoke about a memorial parade at Gettysburg he planned to attend in November. As a preacher, he declined to believe in ghosts haunting the earth as it was against his beliefs. “You go to heaven or hell,” he said. Still, he was intrigued by the idea of ghosts and what they could be. A short time later, he returned with a photo he’d taken of one of the empty and abandoned buildings. Now Pennhurst runs on a generator and light is scarce. There is no power in any of the other buildings not used and they’re mostly closed off for safety reasons.

This is the photo he sent us.

Photo taken at dusk of the dietary hall with no light sources or power in the building and no reflections.

 

Later that night, Fox got an email from William the Preacher which simply stated this:

I shared the photo with you of the light on in the dietary hall,  blow the picture up and tell me what you see? Please explain? I believe now.

Do you see what William sees? Trying expanding the photo.

 

 

HALLOWEEN BAKING IDEAS FROM JONATHAN ELIAS -HALLOWEEN BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP

We were thrilled to have Jonathan Elias on the show to share some great Halloween baking tips! And no, not just pumpkin stuff! T. Fox Dunham interviews master baker Jonathan Elias to get some ideas on some easy things to bake for the spooky holiday. We learn about the pressure of competing on a television show like Halloween Baking Championship and how he visualizes his ideas including snake cakes and a devil cake.

Jonathan adores Halloween, often setting up popular haunted locations in his parent’s backyard and going all out on costumers. Check this incredible picture of Jonathan going as a demon–a theme that inspired one of his baking creations. He shares with Fox several ideas for Halloween confections, including quick ideas for the parent who has to bake something the night before a school party. We were so lucky to have him on the show. Thank you Jonathan, and we’re cheering you on!

Jonathan Elias is a young, up-and-coming pastry chef, specializing in custom designed cakes. He began at a young age helping his grandmother in the kitchen, baking cakes and middle-eastern desserts. As a young adult, he enrolled in the culinary program at Macomb Community College, with an emphasis on pastries. During his time at MCC, he entered several pastry competitions, 2 of which resulted in 1st place victories. He also partook in a rare opportunity to learn exquisite cake-decorating techniques by the world-renowned pastry chef, Kerry Vincent. After graduation, Jonathan worked his way up to becoming the pastry chef of Cameron’s Steakhouse in Birmingham, MI where he resided for seven years. He currently is the pastry chef at Birmingham, MI Hyde Park Steakhouse. His time away from Hyde Park Steakhouse is spent working on his true passion: making unique and delicious cakes as The Pastry Guru. He has assumed this role for over 5 years, during which he has partaken in multiple shows, such as Decadence Food & Wine Tasting. His clientele include Detroit Lions stars, Nate Burleson and Stephen Tulloch, and Joe Farris of Project Runway and Motor City Denim. He also had his work featured in the HBO-hit show, Hung, and in Ambassador Magazine.
Check out Jonathan’s business at his website, The Pastry Guru

Horror Author Daniel Braum – PART 3 of his Short Story

Daniel Braum returns with part of his Halloween horror story, A MAN’S GUIDE TO COSTUMES AND THE MOST COMMON WAYS TO GET ARRESTED. It’s from his collection of short stories, HE WISH MECHANICS: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic. Get it on AMAZON!

Take a walk on the wild side, through the twilight zone of dark and dangerous and dangerously personal terrain of Daniel Braum’s short stories. Navigate impossible worlds and hidden corners of our own with damaged men and women seeking love and transcendence. There is heartache, loss, and stark poignant truths in the dark places these stories fearlessly venture, but also magic, mystery, beauty and wonder. Do you dare to dream? Do you dare to make a wish? Find out just who are the Wish Mechanics before answering. Braum effortlessly blends horror, science-fiction, and fantasy in his unique style and vision that transcends genre.

Dark, literary, weird-fiction stories such as How To Make Love and Not Turn to Stone operate with the Night Time Logic of Robert Aickman. The vivid, exotic settings evoke the majestic prose of Braum’s literary hero Lucius Shepard. The genre blending fantasy and science fiction of The Canopy Crawlers and Tea in the Sahara channel “the anything can happen spirit of the late, great grandmaster Tanith Lee. Cover Art by George Cotronis

We’re a great fan of Daniel’s work, and we’re really excited to have his episodic reading of the story from the Wish Mechanics! Buy it at AMAZON!

 

SCARECROW – New Indie Horror Music

On episode 62, we play you a spooky song from Rachel Mason and The Little Band of Sailors. SCARECROW!

Rachel Mason is an artist, musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles. Mason has recorded 13 albums, has toured, exhibited sculpture, video and performance at the Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, LACMA, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Henry Gallery in Seattle, James Gallery at CUNY, University Art Museum in Buffalo, Sculpture Center, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard and Occidental College, Kunsthalle Zurich, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, Art in General, La Mama, Galapagos, Dixon Place, and Empac Center for Performance in Troy among other venues. Reviews include New York Times, Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Flash Art, Art in America, Art News, and Artforum. Her album and feature film, The Lives of Hamilton Fish. has toured festivals and museums internationally and was released in 2016. instagram: @futureclown  – Twitter: @RachelMasonArt – https://www.facebook.com/RachelMasonArt/

Little Band of Sailors:

LBOS blend folk, prog, goth, and heavy metal. Think Jefferson Airplane meets Black Sabbath. Their live shows are often a bewitching… costumed spectacle of energy and contagious delight combined with haunting melodies. The band is fronted by Rachel Mason, a sculptor and a performer, whose lyrics draw equally from history and fantasy to forge surreal narratives. https://www.facebook.com/little.band.of.sailors/

 

TO LOVE A CANINE

This night, at Pennhurst Asylum, we were joined by a dog rescue organization. To Love A Canine Rescue. They’re a wonderful organization that rescues dogs from bad situations and finds them either homes or foster homes. We wished we could have taken a dog home with us. We do an interview with them on this episode, but Fox said he’d do the interview as long as they brought over puppies to visit Fox’s wife Allison at the What Are You Afraid Of? table to visit her! She wanted to take a puppy named Alvin home. Well, soon. Enjoy the interview, and if you have room in your heart, adopt a lost dog.

 

We will be at the King of Prussia Mall on MALLOWEEN OCT 28th 2017 at 10AM at Uncanny Comics! We will be in costume and giving out candy. Come hang out with us as we record our Halloween special and visit with J. Lee Dodson, author of the Evil Klown Survival Guide.

 

We had an amazing time at Pennhurst Asylum. On our next episode, we do an interview with Paranormal Lockdown’s Katrina Weidman.

 

 

And we’ll be at the King of Prussia Mall on October 28th 2017 at Uncanny Comics for Malloween, giving out candy and stories in the morning! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

 

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MERCY

(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

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 Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.

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Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon


Music Rights

“The Chamber” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Lamentation” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Ghost Story” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

SCARECROW from Rachel Mason & The Little Band of Sailors (Studio version) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Used with permission by the owner.

HAVE YOU SEEN THE GHOST OF JOHN by The Undermasks Licensed under Attribution 3.0.

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59: HORROR AT FORT MIFFLIN

LISTEN TO EPISODE 59: HORROR AT FORT MIFFLIN

HORROR AT THE FORT

Widely regarded as one of the most haunted sites in the country, National Historic Landmark Fort Mifflin invites visitors to explore the intersection of history and mystery with programs appealing to novice and experienced investigators as well as curious history lovers. They have many paranormal events at the fort.

History LIVES at Fort Mifflin! Experience history first-hand at National Historic Landmark Fort Mifflin – one of the only intact Revolutionary War battlefields and the only fort in Philadelphia! It’s history can be told through the various wars America has sought over its existence.

AUTHOR READING:

 

We were joined by several great horror authors from New York and Philadelphia: James Chamber, John Foster, Meghan Arcuri, Phil Thomas, T. Fox Dunham and Tony Knighton. Hosted by T. Fox Dunham.

T. Fox Dunham, James Chambers, John Foster, Meghan Arcuri, Tony Knighton & Phil Thomas

They read from their current horror work in the spooky atmosphere of casement 5. A video of their reading is currently in production by What Are You Afraid Of? As is an audio show.

It was a great horror reading from some of the best authors on the east coast. We can’t wait to get the video and audio recording of the show ready.

DARCY & FOX & PHIL

We spent the night after the successful reading in casement 5 with Haunted Philadelphia historian, Darcy Oordt, who joined us for our Paranormal Philadelphia series this August. Darcy even found some paranormal evidence while investigating the site, and she shares her insights and stories that evening, hanging out with Phil and Fox. We talk about the ghosts who haunt Fort Mifflin including the Dorito cat, for whom she brought snack chips. We hang out and discuss the nature of hauntings, whether they’re tied to tragedy and what exactly exists at the Fort–oh, and horror movies.

Darcy Oordt, Author of Haunted Philadelphia

She grew up in a ghostly desert: not one known haunted house in her hometown of Blue Earth, Minnesota. It wasn’t until she moved to Tennessee that she experienced her first ghost while working as a tour guide for a “ghost” tour. Her first book Finding Success After Failure: Inspirational Stories of Famous People Who Persevered and Won Out, tells about the early failures of famous people and how they overcame them. In her free time, Darcy enjoys swimming with sharks, flipping houses, and exploring museums in exotic locations…if by “enjoy” you mean watching it on television. When she is not writing, you will usually find her making jewelry or crafts, fussing with one of her freshwater aquariums, or spending time with her pets. Darcy currently lives near Cherry Hill, New Jersey, across the bridge from the many phantoms of Philadelphia.

Darcy shares her stories about the cheeky ghost of Ben Franklin, how she researches ghost folklore and her life as a paranormal author and psychic. On this episode, we share stories from her collected book of ghost stories from Phiily, Haunted Philadelphia. Check out her spooky website for ghost stories and experiences at http://www.thehauntedinternet.com/index.htm

Darcy was also featured on an episode of My Ghost Story, Screams in the Dark, on A&E! Check out the episode on YouTube.

 

 

Haunted Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known for many things: brotherly love, Revolutionary history, passionate sports fans, cheesesteaks, and Rocky are merely a few of them. But the Founding Fathers didn’t just walk the streets of Philadelphia 200 years ago, many still walk here…or so the story goes. Along the streets of Philadelphia you can find the ghosts of Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton, and Edgar Allen Poe. But those are only the famous ones. There are a few less known ghosts creeping around the historic streets. Nearby Fort Mifflin certainly has its share of hauntings, given its long history of sheltering soldiers and holding prisoners from the Revolutionary War up to the Civil War. And given all the cemeteries that have been established and then relocated–or not–it’s almost a given that thousands of disturbed graves might stir up a ghost or two. Available on Amazon.

 

Fox interviews Philadelphia Noir Author Tony Knighton

Tony Knighton is a Lieutenant in the Philadelphia Fire Department, a twenty-nine year veteran.

He has published short fiction in Static Movement Online and Dark Reveries.

“The Scavengers” was previously published in the anthology Shocklines: Fresh Voices in Terror from Cemetery Dance Publications.  “Sunrise” originally appeared in the anthology Equilibrium Overturned  from Grey Matter Press.

Books:
Happy Hour and other Philadelphia Cruelties
Three Hours Past Midnight

Happy Hour and other Philadelphia CrueltiesThree hours past midnight

 

 

MERCY

(A Horror Medical Thriller Novel from Blood Bound Books.)

MERCY LARGE

By T. Fox Dunham

(Host of What Are You Afraid of Horror & Paranormal Podcast)

FANGORIA gives MERCY 3.5 out 4 Skulls – “Dunham has channeled his many brushes with the other side into the exquisitely rendered, lyrical supernatural hospital thriller MERCY.READ FULL REVIEW HERE.

fangoria

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Author Tim Waggoner

Part medical horror, part supernatural suspense, MERCY is a hard-hitting fever dream of a novel. I enjoyed the hell out of it!” ~ Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh and Eat The Night

Pain and poetry flow in equal measure through these pages. Dunham’s prose strikes deep and hits all the right notes. MERCY is unforgettably vivid.” ~ David Dunwoody, author of Hell Walks and The 3 Egos

William Saint is dying of cancer. On most days death seems like a humane alternative to the treatment. Stricken with fever, William is rushed to Mercy—notorious as a place to send the sickest of the poor and uninsured to be forgotten—and finds the hospital in even worse condition than his previous visit. The grounds are unkempt, the foundation is cracking, and like the wild mushrooms sprouting from fissures of decay around it, something is growing inside the hospital. Something dark. It’s feeding on the sickness and sustaining itself on the staff, changing them. And now it wants Willie.

This was my death.

Life is an addiction.

Love is the only force that is real. Read . . . and understand what I saw. I put it in metaphor. You do not understand what you do not understand.

mercy-back-cover

Author of Mercy – T. Fox Dunham

Buy on Kindle at Amazon

Or Buy in Paperback at Amazon

 

Music Rights:

“The Garden” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“The Chamber” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

“Come Play With Me” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

All opinions of guests and content does not reflect the opinions of T. Fox Dunham, Phil Thomas or Para-X Radio.